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1:40 AM ET, December 26, 2017


 Top News: 
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Interviews with 100+ current and former Vice staff find culture of sexual misconduct, resulting in multiple settlements including one from its current president  —  A media company built on subversion and outlandishness was unable to create “a safe and inclusive workplace” for women, two of its founders acknowledge.
New York Times:
Vice says it failed “from the top down” to stop a “boy's club” workplace culture that fostered inappropriate behavior and created an unsafe environment
Washington Post:
Sources: years after FBI began tracking Russian disinformation efforts and US intelligence agencies drew up counter operations, the US still equivocates  —  The first email arrived in the inbox of CounterPunch, a left-leaning American news and opinion website, at 3:26 a.m. — the middle of the day in Moscow.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Joan Walsh announces move to CNN in 2018, hours after news broke that MSNBC would not be renewing her contract  —  Political analyst Joan Walsh announced Saturday night that she will be moving to CNN in 2018, just hours after MSNBC said it would not be renewing her contract with the network.
Discussion: @joanwalsh, Variety, TVNewser and Deadline
Joe Concha / The Hill:
MSNBC says it won't renew longtime contributor Joan Walsh's contract, prompting outrage on Twitter and from MSNBC hosts including Joy Reid and Chris Hayes  —  MSNBC will not renew a contributor contract with Joan Walsh, a national affairs correspondent for The Nation and former editor-at-large for Salon.
Women At The New York Times Feel Neglected, Frustrated As Paper Stands By Glenn Thrush  —  Staffers tell HuffPost the reporter's “punishment” only makes their own issues more plain to see, and the internal data backs them up.  —  One week before announcing that star reporter Glenn Thrush …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
How Mother Jones makes fundraising appeals more engaging by turning them into in-depth stories, which have garnered more success than direct donation requests  —  “Conventional fundraising wisdom is that you've got a couple of seconds to reach people and get them to do what you want them to do …
Discussion: @membershippzzle and Mother Jones
David W. Chen / New York Times:
WNYC President Laura Walker says it prioritized growth and programming over investment in processes and people, amid questions over handling of stars' conduct  —  When Laura R. Walker, the president and chief executive of New York Public Radio, addressed the crowd at an open WNYC board meeting last week …
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
2018 predictions for fact-checking: consultants will help craft more fake news, anti-misinformation bills will fail, collaborative efforts will flourish, more  —  To get a sense of what the past couple of years have been like for fact-checkers, go no further than the dictionary.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
How one sexual harassment story about ABC's Mark Halperin circulated for nearly two decades, without evident effect  —  Sexual harassment typically lurks in the shadows — and yet it's rarely a secret.  After one young woman was assaulted by a prominent journalist, she said, she told her friends about it.
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
A look at 2017's most serious and most humorous corrections, retractions, and clarifications  —  The internet ruins everything — even end-of-year listicles.  —  What used to be a generally light-hearted column about the most outrageous corrections issued by media organizations over the past twelve months …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Redbox reaches new deal with Universal Pictures to make its Blu-ray Disc and DVD titles available digitally and for rental same day as home-video release  —  Redbox reached a new distribution deal with Universal Pictures to make the studio's Blu-ray Disc and DVD titles available for rental …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
A look at the relationship of Trump and Rupert Murdoch, whom Trump called before the Fox-Disney sale announcement for assurance Fox News wouldn't be affected  —  The calls to the White House come at least once a week.  “Murdoch here,” the blunt, accented voice on the other end of the line says.
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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Snowden-backed Haven app for Android alerts users of “evil maid” and other physical attacks using a phone's accelerometers, cameras, microphones, light sensor
Tony Romm / Recode:
Facebook launches tool that shows if you followed or Liked Russia-linked US election related accounts on Facebook and Instagram between Jan. 2015 and Aug. 2017